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  • 5-year-old Batavia girl is already quite the quilter Aug 16, 2012 3:08 PM
    The recent Quilt and Textile Show produced some amazing talent, one of whom was only five years old. Tiny Nicole Magerkurth visited the quilt show two years ago and was so taken by the show that she wanted to make a quilt. “I went to Prairie Shop Quilts and got a Christmas Doggie Quilt to make by myself,” said Nicole. “And I’m going to show that in the quilt show.”

     
  • Batavia grad forms all-male singing group Jul 11, 2012 11:19 AM
    Batavians are taking their talents on the road. Talented TJ Breen, who graduated from Batavia High School in 2008, has joined up with 10 fellow singers from Indiana University to start "Gentleman's Rule," an all male group that plans to tour this fall.

     
  • Batavia celebrates its ‘music man’ May 31, 2012 8:19 AM
    More than 1,200 people filled the Batavia High School gym to honor one who has given our community one of its greatest gifts — the gift of music. Like Meredith Willson's popular music teacher in the musical "The Music Man," John Heath has transformed our community just by sharing his love of music with many of us and with our children.

     
  • Batavia author’s book relives Northwoods memories May 30, 2012 2:05 PM
    For many of us who grew up in the Chicago suburbs, Wisconsin was the place where we spent the vacations of our youth. These were carefree days filled with the sounds of screen doors slamming shut, the feeling of sand between our toes and the warmth of a bonfire at night. Batavia writer Marnie Mamminga revisits these memories with her recently published book, "Return to Wake Robin: One Cabin in the Heyday of Northwoods Resorts."

     
  • Batavia orchestra students earn state honors May 7, 2012 8:44 AM
    Every year, more than 15,000 students in Illinois spend extra hours practicing difficult music for the Illinois Music Educators Association district competition. Only the top musicians make it to state. This year, Batavia had four students holding first chair positions in orchestra at state.

     
  • World War II wedding gown gets new life - again Feb 22, 2012 2:13 PM
    When Cay and Gene Voiland of Batavia married on Feb. 19, 1946, Cay's wedding dress was a rarity for a World War II era bride. It was made of silk from Gene's parachute. Cay never guessed it would be taken out of storage to be used again, twice. Daughter Ann and granddaughter Celeste have both worn the dress for their own trips down the aisle.

     
  • Batavia thespians have ‘Great Expectations' Jan 19, 2012 8:20 AM
    When Batavia High School sophomore Kelsey Skomer took on the role of Belle in last fall's successful production of “Beauty and the Beast,” she knew that the role would be challenging. Now she faces another challenge taking on the demanding role of Miss Havisham in Batavia High School's winter play, the Charles Dickens classic “Great Expectations." Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 19-21, at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre, 1201 Main St.

     
  • Kids put own spin on Christmas pageant Dec 23, 2011 9:27 AM
    It was the miracle of miracles. Baby Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Unfortunately, at the time, Mary and Joseph weren't there for the blessed event. They were still riding on a donkey looking for a room. Church Christmas pageants are always full of surprises, but usually they come from the kids on stage, not from the director.

     
  • Sing along with ‘Messiah’ in Batavia Dec 6, 2011 10:55 AM
    You can sing, or you can just listen. Either way, you will likely be inspired by the majesty of the "Hallelujah Chorus" when S.T.A.G.E. of Batavia presents Handel's do-it-yourself "Messiah" at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre, 1201 Main St. Leading the audience in song will be the director and members of the St. Charles Singers.

     
  • Swedish children’s choir to sing in Batavia Nov 17, 2011 11:09 AM
    Thirteen years ago, St. Charles singer Marguerite Karl decided to combine her love of music and her love of her Swedish heritage by forming the Swedish American Children’s Choir for children ages 4 to 17. Now the choir is gearing up for the biggest concert of the season, the Lucia Festival Concert, at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Batavia.

     
  • Meet the award-winning Batavia High School marching band Oct 13, 2011 11:24 AM
    This column is not without bias. Before you read any further, you must know that I am a fan of marching bands, especially the drum line. The Batavia Bulldogs drum line is one of the top in the state, having won numerous awards at competitions this year.

     
  • College counselor offers tips on finding the right school Oct 11, 2011 2:45 PM
    As high school seniors complete their college applications, high school juniors begin the tedious process of visiting schools, meeting with admissions staff and seeking scholarships and financial aid. “The more information students have, the better decisions they will make,” said Batavian Tracy Campbell Beckley, owner of Options College Consulting LLC.

     
  • New restaurants add more flavor to Batavia Sep 15, 2011 8:32 AM
    It’s great to see new restaurants opening in Batavia. The Lodge on the Fox (35 N. Water St.) opened recently and is now up and running with quite an impressive menu with great prices. The Gammon Coach House offers a simple menu, mostly burgers.

     
  • Children’s artwork sparks 9/11 memories Sep 9, 2011 1:00 AM
    Each morning, when I pass a painting hanging in my hallway, I am reminded of Sept. 11, 2001. I purchased the painting -- done by children from Louise White School in Batavia -- after attending the Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11 of the same year.

     
  • Batavia High School’s Fine Arts Centre to open Saturday Aug 17, 2011 4:10 PM
    It will be an emotional moment for many who sit in the new auditorium for the first time when the Batavia Fine Arts Centre opens to the public this Saturday night, Aug. 20. Billed as a Red Carpet Gala, the Fine Arts Centre opening is sponsored by the Batavia Chamber of Commerce and local businesses.

     
  • Batavia getting new restaurant Aug 9, 2011 1:43 PM
    Restaurateur Jon With has plans on opening a new restaurant in Batavia in the space formerly occuped by Ona's on the Avenue.

     
  • Holmstad chickens ruffle no feathers in Batavia Aug 2, 2011 7:36 AM
    Inspired by the bulldog sculptures decorating Batavia, residents of the Holmstad, a senior community, decided to put together a similar exhibit. Their choice? "We chose chickens," said resident Ellen Hamilton.

     
  • August to rock out at Batavia festival Jul 8, 2011 1:15 PM
    Reunited 1970s "garage band" August will be playing Windmill City Fest Sunday, July 10, on the Main Stage from noon until 1:30 pm.

     
  • Fondness for pets leads to new career Jun 21, 2011 12:22 PM
    It’s never too late to reinvent yourself, as demonstrated by Batavia resident Mike Eckblade, who recently opened A New Dog, a pet grooming, boarding and daycare facility in Geneva.

     
  • Happy 120th birthday to Batavia Jun 15, 2011 5:21 PM
    Every year, all the third graders in Batavia's public schools participate in the Third Grade Report, a unit focusing on local history. These students visit our home to learn about our home’s history and the people who have lived here.

     
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